Fudgy Chocolate Cake (Passover/Paleo/Gluten-Free)

We hosted Seder the last two years and this was my favorite of the desserts.  It is easy, chocolaty and best of all – you don’t have to separate the eggs!  I’ll try to add a photo of this yumminess later – for now enjoy the recipe!

Fudgy Chocolate Cake (Passover/Paleo/Gluten-Free)

Ingredients

  • 4 oz choc chips
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ c coconut oil
  • ¼ c cocoa powder
  • ¾ c honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease an 8: spring-form pan with coconut oil.
  2. Melt the chocolate and oil together in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely smooth and combined.
  3. Combine melted chocolate, cocoa powder, honey and eggs until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until center appears firm. Cool in pan for 15 min, then remove from pan. Cool before serving.
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Passover Recipes!!!

It has been almost 2 years since I started following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to treat my ulcerative colitis.  Following this diet, I do not eat any grains, sugar, corn, or potatoes.  It has been literally a life-saver!  instead of going on increasingly scary drugs and suffering through terrible symptoms and low energy – I eat healthy and yummy food with no symptoms.  There are many benefits – the first is obviously how I feel!  The second is that I was able to shed those pesky 10 pounds that had always alluded me.  Another benefit is that Passover is just no big deal!  I have to stop eating beans and lentils – but otherwise my diet stays the same.  As we are a little over a week away from Passover, I thought I would share 1 recipe a day that I love to eat during the year, but that you might want to incorporate at your Seder or just try during the Passover season.

Honey Almond Freezer Fudge


 

Honey Almond Freezer Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1 cup melted cocoa butter
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Arrange cupcake liners onto small cookie sheets.
  2. Place cocoa butter chunks in a microwave safe bowl
  3. Microwave cocoa butter in 30 second intervals until completely melted
  4. Combine melted cocoa butter, honey, almond butter, and vanilla.
  5. Stir until smooth and no lumps are present.
  6. Pour batter into un-greased cupcake liners until 1/2 full.
  7. Place cookie sheets into freezer, careful not to disturb the batter.
  8. Freeze for 6 hours on cookie sheet.
  9. Once completely frozen, remove from cookie sheet and store in a ziplock container in the freezer.
  10. Enjoy right out of the freezer.
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Enjoy this SCD legal dessert.  When my family went away on vacation last summer, I didn’t want to be tempted by everyone else’s nightly ice cream treats.  I would snack on 2 of these and was happily satisfied!

Most Addictive Podcasts – Part 2

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My love for podcasts has not diminished since my first list of The Most Addictive Podcasts.  I exhaust the episodes pretty quick so I have expanded my list.  Here are some new or just new to me Podcasts that I have been enjoying recently.

  1. StartUp – Let me say first, that I am not a business or finance person at all!  But I gobble up every new episode of this podcast.  I loved the first season especially!  It follows a former producer from This American Life as he goes out on his own to start his own Media company.  I found it so honest and interesting. download
  2. Snap Judgment – If you like the polished storytelling style on a theme of This American Life, you will love Snap Judgement.  They describe themselves as “storytelling with a beat.”  The host is super engaging – you will love it!sj_logo_npr_cpb_prx
  3. Limetown – There is currently only one season of this fictional super creepy podcast.  It follows a journalist as she investigates the infamous disappearance of a doomed research facility.  Keeping my fingers crossed for a second season! download-2
  4. Reply All – Is simply a show about the internet.  The hosts delve into interesting areas like video games, craigslist and twitter.  I learn something new each episode.  download-3
  5. Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting – I would say this is truly my new favorite podcast.  When a friend told me about it I went back to the first episode and listened to it all!  It is hosted by two parents.  They talk about their triumphs and fails in raising their own kids, interview people about interesting parenting issues and give awesome recommendations.  If you have kids – listen now!download-1
  6. The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel – This is a fictional podcasts for kids!  How cool is that?!?  I would say this is good for 8 year olds and up.  My 10 year old and I listen every week and are hooked.  It is about a group of kids where strange things start happening.  
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Gilmore Girls – how to prepare!

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If you have ever been a fan of the Gilmore Girls – you are well aware of the 4-part mini-series revival of the Gilmore Girls coming November 25th to Netflix.  I am so excited!  It will be interesting how they catch up with all the old characters, where we will find Rory and Lorelei and where they will leave them all at the end of the 4th mini-movie.  The original series ran from 2000-2007 so unless you are like my sister-in-law who just finished binge watching the whole series last year, my main suggestion is re-watch some of the “important episodes” to prepare.  I loved the series, but I realized most of it has not stuck around in my head.  I really want to enjoy the mini-series – so I don’t want to waste my time googling the characters and plot lines I forgot.  I was equally excited when the Veronica Mars Movie came out a few years ago.  Since there were only three seasons, I was able to watch them all.  I have consulted many lists to find the best quick binge map to prepare.

If you are short on time….

16 episodes to re-watch

If you have a little more time…

28 episodes to re-watch

If you have even more time….

50 episodes to re-watch

 

I wish I had the time to watch every episode – but I am busy binge watching other things!  So I combined all the lists into my mega list!

If you are crazy like me….

59  episodes to re-watch

Mega Gilmore Girls Episode List to Re-Watch

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I have combined many online lists to come up with my mega rewatch list that I am currently tackling before the start of the new 4 part mini-series coming at the end of November.  All 59 episodes are available on Netflix.

Season 1

1/  Pilot

2/  The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton

6/  Rory’s Birthday Parties

7/  Kiss and Tell

9/  Rory’s Dance

15/  Christopher Returns

16/  Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers

17/  The Breakup: Part 2

21/  Love, Daisies and Troubadours

Season 2

1/  Sadie, Sadie

3/  Red Light on the Wedding Night

5/  Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy

10/  The Bracebridge Dinner

13/  A-Tisket, A-Tasket

16/  There’s the Rub

19/  Teach me Tonight

21/  Lorelai’s Graduation Day

22/  I Can’t Get Started

Season 3

1/  Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

7/  They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?

8/  Let the Games Begin

16/  The Big One

17/  A Tale of Poes and Fire

19/  Keg! Max!

20/  Say Goodnight, Gracie

22/  Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

Season 4

1/  Ballrooms and Biscotti

2/  The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale

9/  Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out

18/  Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!

19/  Afterboom

21/  Last Week Fights, This Week Tights

22/  Raincoats and Recipes

Season 5

1/  Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller

2/  A Messenger, Nothing More

3/  Written in the Stars

6/  Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant!

7/  You Jump, I Jump, Jack

8/  The Party’s Over

13/  Wedding Bell Blues

14/  Say Something

18/  To Live and Let Diorama

21/  Blame Booze and Melville

22/  A House is Not a Home

Season 6

1/  The New and Improved Lorelai Gilmore

8/  Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out

9/  The Prodigal Daughter Returns

13/  Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting

18/  The Real Paul Anka

19/  I Get a Sidekick Out of You

21/  Driving Miss Gilmore

22/  Partings

Season 7

1/  The Long Morrow

7/  French Twist

12/  To Whom It May Concern

14/  Farewell, My Pet

16/  Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?

21/  Unto the Breach

22/  Bon Voyage – SERIES FINALE

Honey Mustard Crockpot Brisket

Honey Mustard Crockpot Brisket

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs brisket
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 4 tablespoons worcester sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • 1 cup honey mustard or 1/2 cup mustard + 1/2 cup of honey

Instructions

  1. Rub salt, garlic powder, and onion powder on both sides of brisket.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Sear both sides of brisket 4 minutes a side.
  4. Move brisket from skillet to crockpot.
  5. Combine beef broth and worcester sauce, until mixed.
  6. Pour broth mixture over brisket.
  7. Spread honey mustard mixture over brisket.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  9. Take meat from crockpot, place on a cutting board, cover with tinfoil and let sit for 20 minutes before slicing to serve.
  10. Remove cooking liquid and transfer to a a small pot. Boil until liquid has reduced. Serve as gravy.
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Last night we hosted a Shabbat dinner (friday night dinner) for my mother-in-laws birthday.  I had some time in the morning, but then I was out all day.  I decided to give this brisket crockpot recipe a try.  It was really easy and super tasty!  I have a crockpot that also has a cooktop feature, so I was able to sear the meat in the crockpot and then switch it to the slow-cook function.  After letting it rest, my husband said it was super easy to cut because it was so tender.  It was really flavorful and the gravy added a really nice level of juiciness.

We were so excited to eat that I never got a chance to take any pictures!  I will definitely be making this again and will hopefully remember to take a picture.

Banana Frittata

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Banana Frittata

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to medium.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  3. Pulse until all ingredients are combined fully.
  4. Heat a small cast iron skillet on medium heat.
  5. Grease skillet with coconut oil.
  6. Pour batter into skillet.
  7. Cook until bottom has set.
  8. Transfer skillet to broiler.
  9. Broil for 2-5 minutes or until the top is set and is just starting to brown.
  10. (Watch closely, as a frittata can turn from perfectly done to burnt very fast!)
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Place frittata inverted on plate.
  13. Top with honey, yogurt, cinnamon, nuts or any toppings of choice.
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Being on the specific carbohydrate diet means that breakfast is pretty limited.  I don’t love eating meat or veggies for breakfast – so that leaves me with eggs.  90% of the time I have a two egg omelet.  This morning, I wanted something sweet.  I make a pretty awesome frittata – and I feel like I have mastered my technique.  There is a SCD banana pancake recipe everywhere which uses the same ingredients – but I can never get the heat or technique right.  This method was much easier for me and pretty much foolproof – but just as yummy!

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Gluten Free (SCD) “Irish Soda Bread”

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Gluten Free (SCD) "Irish Soda" Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease two mini loaf pans
  3. Combine almond flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Add the eggs, honey and vinegar and mix well.
  5. Stir in the raisins.
  6. Divide batter between two prepared pans.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is lightly brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  8. Serve with butter or topping of your choice.
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I used to love Irish soda bread.  A piece toasted and topped with salty butter is the perfect snack for me.  This is a really nice SCD friendly replacement.  It makes two cute little loaves.

Paleo/SCD Carrot Kugel Muffins

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Paleo/SCD Carrot Kugel Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cans sliced carrots (or 4 cups sliced cooked carrots)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder (for SCD substitute 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  3. Grease cupcake liners with oil.
  4. If using fresh carrots - peel and slice carrots. Steam carrots in 1 inch of water for 20 minutes or until soft.
  5. If using canned carrots - drain and rinse.
  6. Mash carrots with a potato masher.
  7. Combine all ingredients with mashed carrots.
  8. Pour into prepared cupcake pan until each is 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes until center comes clean from an inserted toothpick.
  10. Serve warm or room temperature.
  11. Can be made 1 or 2 days before and reheated in the oven.
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These carrot muffins have taken a long journey.  This recipe is based on my Mother-In-Laws much loved Carrot Kugel.  Her Kugel is absolutely delicious!  Unfortunately, it does not fit into my current dietary restrictions.  Over the last few years I have tweaked her recipe.  I first subbed her margarine for coconut oil.  I then switched out the white flour for almond flour.  Finally I took out the sugar and added honey.  The problem I always had was the center of the kugel, which was cooked in an 8X8 pan would not cook through.  I finally had the break through this Rosh Hashanah – muffin tins!!!  With a smaller amount of batter, the kugel is able to cook all the way through.  The kids are also more likely to eat them since they are in muffins!  This is a great side dish to a meat meal because it is non-dairy.